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1970 South African Grand Prix

  1970 South African Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 13 in the 1970 Formula One season

The Kyalami Circuit (1967–1985)
Date 7 March 1970
Official name XVI South African Grand Prix
Location Kyalami, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Course Permanent racing facility
4.104 km (2.550 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 328.320 km (204.009 mi)
Weather Very hot, Dry

Pole position
Driver Jackie Stewart March-Ford
Time 1:19.3
Fastest lap
Drivers John Surtees (lap 6)
Jack Brabham (lap 71)
Time 1:20.8
First Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford
Second Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford
Third Jackie Stewart March-Ford

The 1970 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami Circuit on 7 March 1970. It was the first round of the 1970 Formula One season. It was also the last Formula One victory for triple world champion Jack Brabham.

Two times World Champion and five times Monaco Grand Prix winner Graham Hill made his return to racing after a hideous crash in the 1969 United States Grand Prix, driving a Lotus 49C for the privateer Rob Walker. Even though the Briton could hardly walk after extensive knee surgery, he finished sixth; an achievement he himself would come to rate among his finest. After the race, he could not get out of the car by himself and thus had to be lifted out.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Jack Brabham Brabham-Ford 80 1:49:34.6 3 9
2 6 Denny Hulme McLaren-Ford 80 8.1 6 6
3 1 Jackie Stewart March-Ford 80 17.1 1 4
4 3 Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra 80 + 1:13.1 8 3
5 10 John Miles Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 14 2
6 11 Graham Hill Lotus-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 19 1
7 4 Henri Pescarolo Matra 78 + 2 Laps 18  
8 23 John Love Lotus-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 22  
9 20 Pedro Rodríguez BRM 76 + 4 Laps 16  
10 16 Jo Siffert March-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 9  
11 24 Peter de Klerk Brabham-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 21  
12 25 Dave Charlton Lotus-Ford 73 Engine 13  
13 9 Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford 72 Engine 4  
Ret 17 Jacky Ickx Ferrari 60 Engine 5  
Ret 7 John Surtees McLaren-Ford 60 Engine 7  
Ret 21 George Eaton BRM 58 Engine 23  
Ret 2 Johnny Servoz-Gavin March-Ford 57 Engine 17  
Ret 5 Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford 39 Engine 10  
Ret 22 Piers Courage De Tomaso-Ford 39 Accident 20  
Ret 8 Mario Andretti March-Ford 26 Overheating 11  
Ret 14 Rolf Stommelen Brabham-Ford 23 Engine 15  
Ret 19 Jackie Oliver BRM 22 Gearbox 12  
Ret 15 Chris Amon March-Ford 14 Overheating 2  
DNS 11 Brian Redman Lotus-Ford Car raced by Graham Hill

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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